Childbase Partnership is an employee owned early years childcare provider that is committed to providing sustainable and socially responsible environments within all of its nurseries and this commitment starts at an early age.
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Total carbon footprint.


Reporting Boundary: UK operations (45 sites)
Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses, natural gas, homeworking energy, gas oil, refrigerants, water, waste, fleet, business travel,
paper use

Reporting Period: 01 Nov 2019 – 31 Oct 2020

1,085.6 tCO2e

Total carbon footprint per employee

comparison based on normalised data.

0.5 tCO2e

Absolute location-based carbon reduction



Absolute location-based carbon reduction per employee



FTE employees

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.



UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Certification story

Childbase Partnership, an employee-owned childcare company that have 43 nurseries providing ‘Sound Foundations’ for children aged 0-5 years, has achieved Planet Mark certification.

This is Childbase Partnership’s third year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. Since certifying to Planet Mark, the company has set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.

Childbase Partnership’s total carbon footprint in the year ending October 2020 was 1,085.6 tCO2e, a reduction of 6.8%. Childbase Partnership’s total carbon per employee in the year ending in October 2020 was 0.5 tCO2e, a reduction of 32.2%.

Childbase has saved the same amount of carbon this year as preventing 198,000 car miles from being driven. 


Steve Malkin
Planet Mark
“I am so pleased to see Childbase’s continued progress on carbon reduction this year. Their sites throughout the country have embraced environmental policies that have made this possible. The team’s hard work is something they can demonstrate to all of the children they take care for, creating change not just in the present day, but in the future, too. I am proud of the great steps forward by the team, and hope to see continued success in years to come.”
Mark Bird
Health, Safety & Environment Director
Childbase Partnership
“Childbase Partnership Ltd began its carbon journey in 2016 with a policy target to obtain a formal, measured, externally verified footprint. This was achieved in partnership with ‘PlanetMark’ in 2018 and now, in 2021, we are celebrating our third year of certification. It became clear that faster and broader action was required from the worlds businesses in tackling the climate crisis and as such we embarked on the Zeroby30 program resulting in our detailed net zero roadmap. This brought our target of zero emissions forward by 15 years, to 2030, and broadened the scope to include all aspects of all three of the emission scopes.”

Certification story

Mark added “For World Environment Day in 2021 we opted, in partnership with ‘Furthr’, to celebrate this occasion by announcing we had offset our total carbon footprint for 2018/19, circa 6500 tonnes CO2e, via the UNs CER scheme and in doing so enable the work of the UN installing sustainable technologies across the world. This ensures we are addressing our corporate impact on the world in the short, medium and longer-term as we remain committed to decarbonising our operations including an investment of £170,000 in new LED lights across 16 of our settings.”

Certification is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. 

Childbase Partnership’s Head Office is based in Newport Pagnell and it operates 42 sites across mainly central England. Childbase Partnership is committed to providing sustainable and socially responsible environments within all of its nurseries and this commitment starts at an early age. At present, Childbase takes part in both Food for Life Serve Here and Eco-Schools programmes which enhance both education in the environment and environmental issues as well as using products that comes from sustainable sources. The company has also diverted 98.3% of its main waste streams from landfills in 2019. 

Education can and must act sustainably if we are to achieve our carbon targets. From empowering children, raising environmental awareness and improving the physical environment of the educational environments, acting on climate change can have positive impacts throughout the community. 

Future targets

Reach net zero carbon by 2030

Through the Planet Mark Zeroby30 programme, Childbase has committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2030.

How Planet Mark has helped

Planet Mark created and implemented a roadmap of zero carbon solutions

Through Planet Mark’s ZeroBy30 programme, Childbase has set absolute reduction goals to reach net zero carbon by 2030. Planet Mark has worked closely with Childbase to reduce their scope 1 and 2 direct emissions to zero carbon, and scope 3 indirect emissions to as close to zero as possible and then offset the remaining carbon to exceptional schemes.

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